A Mother's Wish

1 decade 6 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, May 31 2007 May 31, 2007 Thursday, May 31, 2007 1:44:25 PM CDT May 31, 2007 in News
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Many drivers blast through the intersection at 70 miles an hours without even thinking about it. Speeding cars remind Ollie Nowlin just how dangerous this area can be.

"I have a 12-year-old daughter that's going to be turning 16 soon, and I cannot even imagine today letting her drive on the roads like they are right now," Ollie Nowlin, a parent of an accident victim, said.

Three months ago, Nowlin's older daughter Amanda was killed at the intersection on her way to school. Nowlin said the state isn't doing enough.

"The blinking light doesn't work, very seldom does it go off and on. I don't know what its there for. It doesn't help with getting on and off that intersection at all," Nowlin said.

Officials said a $10 million overpass could solve the problem.

"It's not a high priority at this point, but at this time there are no plans for any changes," Mike Dusenberg, a MoDOT planner, said.

Changes Nowlin said could've saved her daughter's life.

"I think that if they would have gone ahead and done what they should have done, they should have been responsible and keep the roads up with the growing population then my daughter may very well have been here today," Nowlin said.

MoDOT is putting in an overpass on U.S. 63 just a couple miles north of Route H.

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